Brooklyn, NY – May 2, 2017.
The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) is pleased to announce the election of Jennifer Kalenkoski as the 2017-2018 NSNA President. The elections were announced on April 8, 2017 during the 65th Anniversary Convention in Dallas, TX. Ms. Kalenkoski will graduate from Lehigh Carbon Community College this month with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She will then attend Central Methodist University this fall in Fayette, MO where she will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Prior to her election, Ms. Kalenkoski served as the NSNA Breakthrough to Nursing Director, a position through which she sought to enhance chapter communication and community. She is the president of the Student Nurses’ Association of PA (SNAP) chapter at Lehigh Carbon Community College and a past Southeast Regional Coordinator of SNAP.
Ms. Kalenkoski was inspired to become a nurse while caring for a loved one and she witnessed how her aunt’s outlook of treatment was affected by the healthcare professionals surrounding her. She said of her experience: “I was able to see both the positive and negative influence a nurse can have on a patient. Witnessing my aunt's experiences, I was inspired to become a nurse to ensure that patients received the highest quality of care that I can provide.”
As NSNA President, Ms. Kalenkoski serves as chair of the NSNA Executive Committee, as a member of the NSNA Finance Committee, and as ex-officio member of the Foundation of the NSNA Board of Trustees.
She says, “Serving as the Breakthrough to Nursing Director for NSNA in 2016-2017, I was fortunate enough to have one of the most inspiring and life-changing experiences of my life. NSNA allowed me to explore and realize that nursing goes beyond the bedside. Working with some of the most motivated and hardworking students who inspired me to run for president. As president, I wish to accomplish more effective communication throughout all levels of NSNA and facilitate more membership engagement. I plan to serve as a visionary to further the good of the organization and its members by providing due diligence and by being proactive to the changes that directly impact nursing students and the future of nursing.”